A stunning dashcam video shows a Florida police officer being punched then shot during a traffic stop. Warning: Graphic video.
The incident took place in Indian River County, with the officer stopping suspect, Andrew Coffee, who was riding a scooter.
Deputy Christopher Lester asked the 53-year-old to take his hands out of his pocket, but Coffee refused.
Then Coffee is seen punching Lester before whipping out a gun and shooting him.
***WARNING*** Graphic Video AttachedIndian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar released the attached dash cam video to the media this afternoon. Last night, Deputy Christopher Lester stopped Andrew Coffee driving a scooter for having no tag on the vehicle. As Deputy Lester attempted to place Coffee under arrest, he punched Deputy Lester, drew a revolver from his waistband and fired. Deputy Lester was struck once in the leg and returned fire striking Coffee twice. Deputy Lester is at the Indian River Medical Center in good condition, while Coffee is undergoing surgery at Lawnwood Medical Center.
Posted by Indian River County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, December 18, 2015
“As he knocked the deputy down and sucker punched, he continued to stand over him and attempted to end his life,” said Sheriff Deryl Loar.
Gunfire was also exchanged after a chase.
Coffee, who was released from prison just over a year ago after serving 21 years for attempted murder, was later detained, reported CBS. He was previously arrested on December 3 on drug charges.
Coffee was shot twice and is in the trauma unit of a local hospital, while the deputy was treated after being shot in the leg and was later released from care.
Suspect in Gifford shooting incident identified as Andrew Coffee DOB 12/19/1962 pic.twitter.com/fZxfxWTGkw
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Wanda Scott, Coffee’s supervisor at a convenience store, told WPTV that Coffee may have been drunk or high.
“I was a little hurt because that is not the person I knew,” she said. “”He may have been having a good time leading up to this and he may have been intoxicated when it happened.
Sheriff Loar was upset over what happened.
“It reminds us of the dangers that are faced everyday in law enforcement,” Loar said. “It is a war on the streets and I’m sick of it.”